NFL fines Johnson, Finnegan $25,000 for fight
HOUSTON: Andre Johnson called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday morning, before the league fined Houston's star receiver and Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan $25,000 each for their fight a day earlier. Johnson did not speak with Goodell, but left a message. Johnson said that Goodell called back and left a voicemail while the Texans were preparing to practice on Monday night.
"I just think that was something that I needed to do, just to communicate with him and let him know my side," Johnson said. "I'll give him a call back and whenever we get a chance, we'll talk."
Neither player was suspended after they slugged it out in the fourth quarter of Houston's 20-0 victory.
Finnegan set off the brawl by jabbing at Johnson's neck and face mask at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ripped off Finnegan's helmet and landed at least two punches to Finnegan's head and neck. The two spun each other, and Finnegan tore off Johnson's helmet before players and referees intervened.
Houston (5-6) plays at Philadelphia ( 7-4) on Thursday night, and Johnson said he was relieved to learn that he'd be allowed to play.
"That's something I have been thinking about ever since the incident happened," Johnson said. "I'm happy that I'm not suspended. At the same time, I'm not happy about my actions." When asked if he would appeal the fine, Johnson said "probably not." -Ap